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The Seneca Nation of Indians has endorsed a plan calling for the digging up and removal of all radioactive waste from the West Valley nuclear waste site in Cattaraugus County.
The nation agrees with a recent cleanup study that found removing toxic material from the site is the best way to ensure the health and safety of the population and ecosystem.
“We want this toxic and nuclear time bomb, which the [Seneca Nation] had nothing to do with, removed from upstream proximity to our lands,” Seneca President Barry E. Snyder Sr. said in a statement Monday announcing the tribe’s position. A spokesman said Seneca officials would not be available to comment beyond the statement.